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Day tripping genealogist

17 Jul

I was back up in London today, not walking (well not proper walking) or visiting an archive, but being a tourist, along with thousands of other people. My wife and I spent the day looking around London, but I just couldn’t help taking her on a tour of some of the sights of KINGHORN interest in the City of Westminster.

London Eye

So as well as seeing the sights like the London Eye (pictured above) and taking a cruise down the Thames to Greenwich, we also popped into St James’s Church, Piccadilly, which is the first time I have actually been inside (but more about that another day).

St James's Church, Piccadilly from Swallow Street

We passed through several of the other streets nearby where the KINGHORN family lived, including Meard Street pictured below. When the KINGHORNs were living here this part of the street was known as Meards Court, but it is now all one street.

Meards Court, Soho

Taking an audio tour of Soho with Free Audio London Walks

2 Jun

This morning on the bus to work (and sitting in the sun before work) I listened to an episode of the Free Audio London Walks podcast. The particular episode I listened to was entitled Soho – Sex, Chinatown, Theatreland and covered the area of London where my 3x great grandfather Thomas KINGHORN lived.

I was a little sceptical about listening to a guided walk without actually being there and walking the walk, but I shouldn’t have been. I really enjoyed the experience and would recommend anyone with London ancestors to check out the wide range of podcasts available and give them a listen.

I briefly visited the area a few months ago and got a flavour of the area but this podcast gave me a further insight into the history and character of the area, and some ideas for places to visit as well for when I return to Soho again.

It was great to hear about some of the streets where Thomas KINGHORN and some of his children lived, liked Meard Street, Broadwick Street (formerly Broad Street), Ganton Street (formerly Cross Street) and Golden Square.

It has inspired me to try and find out more about the area and make a return visit, although perhaps summertime with lots of tourists is not such a good time to be visiting. Having said that I guess I would be a tourist as well, a genealogical tourist.

If you have London ancestors then check out this series of podcasts for a taste of modern London life, with a touch of history thrown in.

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